How to Develop Self Discipline
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary online, discipline means the following
Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin disciplina teaching, learning, from discipulus pupil
Date: 13th century
2 obsolete : instruction
3: a field of study
4: training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character
5 a: control gained by enforcing obedience or order b: orderly or prescribed conduct or pattern of behavior c: self-control
6: a rule or system of rules governing conduct or activity
A Samurai practices sword fighting technique every day. A monk sits in meditation every day. A pious person prays every day. A world class athlete trains everyday for an event one year ahead. A scientist trains for years. Even Merryl Streep, world class actress still takes acting lessons according to what is written about her.
Jesus Christ prayed and fasted for forty days and even the Buddha sat in meditation after realizing enlightenment.
There is value in repetitive tasks. It quiets the mind of chatter. Being able to do something repetitively involves the discipline to do it day after day. It allows us to tame the body. Where there is resistance in the mind, there is resistance in the body. We can do it the other way around. Doing the task whether we like it or not builds new neural patterns in the brain. This is part of Neuro Linguistic Programming.
Chogyam Trungpa once said in order to go to depths of meditation, one has to first be able to sit and relate to the boredom and the simplicity of meditation. Just follow your breath. When one is able to relate to the boredom of just sitting, doing nothing, then all of the last four definitions of discipline are fulfilled.
The progression of the path to freedom goes : From discipline, knowledge, from knowledge, understanding, from understanding, awareness, from awareness, detachment, from detachment, freedom or put another way: From discipline,knowledge, from knowledge,wisdom, from wisdom, discriminating awareness, from discriminating awareness, ruthless compassion from ruthless compassion,absolute freedom.
© 2009 by Melinda M. Sorensson